Generalist, Human Resources

Aquinox is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company discovering and developing targeted therapeutics in disease areas of inflammation and immuno-oncology. Our primary focus is anti-inflammatory product candidates targeting SH2-containing inositol-5′-phosphatase 1, or SHIP1, which is a key regulator of an important cellular signaling pathway in immune cells, known as the PI3K pathway. Our lead product candidate, AQX-1125, is a small molecule activator of SHIP1 suitable for oral, once daily dosing. Having successfully completed multiple preclinical studies and seven clinical trials with AQX-1125, we are now advancing towards pivotal Phase 3 trials with AQX-1125 in our lead indication of bladder pain syndrome / interstitial cystitis (BPS/IC). Aquinox has a broad intellectual property portfolio and pipeline of preclinical drug candidates that activate SHIP1.

Aquinox is publically traded on NASDAQ and has offices in Vancouver, BC and in the San Francisco, CA area.

Reporting to the Vice President, Human Resources and Administration, the Generalist, Human Resources will support a variety of human resources programs and services for managers and employees in Canada and the US, specifically:


  • coordinate and facilitate recruitment process; edit job descriptions, post approved jobs, source candidates through a variety of advertising and social media methods, screen and/or interview candidates for assigned positions, and /or negotiate offers
  • draft approvals for hire, employment agreements and associated documents for review
  • manage applicable corporate website content to build Aquinox employer brand

Compensation and Benefits

  • administer base salary structure, including data submission to select compensation surveys
  • assist with administration of the annual base salary review process and bonus plan
  • coordinate with Payroll on pay effecting matters on a per pay period basis – new hires, departures, salary changes, benefits changes, leaves etc
  • administer benefits plans, including enrolment and employee communications; participate in annual benefits plan reviews

Performance Management

  • coordinate performance management program, including employee annual objectives and reviews

Training and Development

  • develop and coordinate new hire on-boarding and orientation program for Canada and US
  • assist with preparation of a variety of training programs for managers and employees
  • collaborate with Quality Assurance to ensure training plans and records meet cGMP and cGCP regulatory requirements; collaborate with Finance to ensure training plans and records meet SOX requirements


  • edit Employee Handbook and other employment policies as required to ensure continued compliance with relevant employment, immigration, privacy, and human rights legislation in Canada and the US
  • assist with cGMP, cGCP and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance activities as they relate to the human resource function

Human Resources Management System and Employee Files

  • maintain and ensure the accuracy of human resources data
  • maintain and ensure employee files are up-to-date and in good order, including employment agreements and associated documents
  • may act as project coordinator for the selection and implementation of a commercial Human Resource Management System


  • Bachelors of Commerce/Business or Bachelors of Arts/Science with post degree HR diploma; CHRP desired
  • 0-2 years of experience in an HR generalist role, preferably in a science or technology company
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail, thorough and accurate; confident in managing and manipulating data
  • Proven initiative, judgement and discretion
  • Proven team, collaboration and conflict resolution skills
  • Numerate, understands budgets and other financial reports, knowledge of basic statistics
  • Moderate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office; experience with Enterprise Resource Planning and/or Human Capital Management systems desired

Our current clinical trials, exceptional team, and strong track record make it an excellent time to seize this exciting opportunity.

Interested candidates are invited to forward their resume and cover letter to, indicating why you feel you are a fit for the Generalist, Human Resources role at Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

We thank all applicants for their interest; only those chosen for an interview will be contacted.